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Just go into this sport and I'm already hooked, here's what happened...

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Just go into this sport and I'm already hooked, here's what happened...

I've been riding for a little over a month now and l absolutely love it. I had no idea how fun biking was because I had never really tried it, I did have a cheap mountain bike but that was mostly to just go around the block with the kids and whatnot. Anyways, I used to be a very fit person but I got an injury that prevents me from running and playing basketball or baseball (my favorite sports) and then I gained some weight.

I decided that biking was the route to go since it's a low impact sport, etc. etc. and off I went on my wally world mountain bike... I did 5 miles and it was ok. I told a friend of mine and he was all "dude, you need a road bike." So off to craigslist I went and got me a wally world road bike It's a genesis what-the-heck-ever... oh yeah, it was a 57cm bike too... I'm 5'7.

So a friend of my friend who told me to get the road bike, told me I needed to get fitted to my bike at my local LBS. I went in with this humongous thing that weighed almost as much as my 10 year old and I swear I could hear the LBS staff's thoughts and it was pretty much just hysterical laughter. Nevertheless, they set me on the right path, told me what bike size I needed and advised me to get rid of the genesis asap.

So after about two weeks of riding the 57cm bike I hit CL again and found my 51cm 2007 Lemond Etape. It had mismatching wheels, torn bar tape, deflated tires, no pedals and what seemed to be a cruising bike saddle but the frame looked good, didn't weigh much and the seller even threw in a cateye urban wireless, all for $200. I thought it was a pretty sweet deal so I bit.

Took it to the LBS to get air in the tires and pedals (I now could see them nodding their heads approving of my purchase,) replaced the heavily padded saddle with the Genesis' saddle and off I went. So this is what a real road bike is supposed to feel like? I see... One of the tires deflated over night and the shifting was a little off but the LBS did a tune up for $30 and it ran even better afterwards, I'm amazed now.

Now I understand that without some pictures a thread can get drab pretty quick so here's some pix of my bike and the little updates/upgrades I've been doing. Any insight is welcome... I will get pedals (and get fitted) next month so don't mind these pedals.

Mavik Aksium Wheels, new bar tape and wally world bike saddle...




Got a specialized saddle on it and inverted the stem...


Replaced stem and handlebar with FSA Omega...



Stock stem and handlebar, very unforgiving handlebar, even with new bar tape...



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That's a sweet bicycle you got there.
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Good bike for $200. Your new bars are rotated too far back, the tips should be pointed down towards the middle of the seat stays, like they were with the original bars.
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Nice.

And you're already in tune with the standard forum advice to get a deal on a used bike as your first road bike.
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That bike looks fun! Ride on!
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Originally Posted by PepeM
That's a sweet bicycle you got there.
Thanks!

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You are on your way. Now time to start riding more!
Thanks! I'm doing 10 miles every morning, building my endurance... started at 5 miles.

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Good bike for $200. Your new bars are rotated too far back, the tips should be pointed down towards the middle of the seat stays, like they were with the original bars.
Thanks!

I test rode a Trek Emonda and I loved how the handlebar felt, I asked about it and they told me it was a short and shallow handlebar so I did some research and got this one. It was positioned just like this on that Trek Emonda... instructions that came with it also say that it should be angled like this, drop bars parallel with the ground and the brifters flushed with the bars. If I'm mistaken my apologies, I'm a noob.

I imagine they will probably be adjusted once I get fitted.

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Nice.

And you're already in tune with the standard forum advice to get a deal on a used bike as your first road bike.
Thanks!

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That bike looks fun! Ride on!
Thanks! And it is fun, it's very nimble, especially after the wheels and handlebars upgrades.
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Originally Posted by TheBlast82
I test rode a Trek Emonda and I loved how the handlebar felt, I asked about it and they told me it was a short and shallow handlebar so I did some research and got this one. It was positioned just like this on that Trek Emonda... instructions that came with it also say that it should be angled like this, drop bars parallel with the ground and the brifters flushed with the bars. If I'm mistaken my apologies, I'm a noob.
You'll break your wrists trying to ride like that in the drops, and it looks goofy. Your bar ends are angled upwards like 15 degrees.

Adjust the handlebar ends approximately horizontal (0°-5°).

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Thanks 10wheels!

Now I see what you mean... What needs to be parallel to the ground is the very end of the bar, not the bar itself. Thanks a million Lazy I'll get on it.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass
You'll break your wrists trying to ride like that in the drops, and it looks goofy. Your bar ends are angled upwards like 15 degrees.

Adjust the handlebar ends approximately horizontal (0°-5°).

https://www.fullspeedahead.com/wp-con..._v4_Bryan5.pdf
Just a thought... maybe the rider (no one in particular) is supposed to pull against the upward drops while leaning over the bars in an all-out sprint?

Cycling, serious cycling, has a history of experimenting with bar shapes so the fact that they may look "unnerving" isn't really out of character with the sport in general.

Edited to add: but I'd change them the way you suggest. Looks funny.

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great stuff!! Cool bike and good story. the love just grows when you find that perfect companion bike.

I am having my second entry into biking and loving it. The first Bike i fell in love with was a Lemond, then it was stolen and i had never found a bike like that again, until recently. Keep riding, it just gets better and better. Wife and I always look for excuses to ride. Vineyard 20 miles away? no problem, lets go pick up some wine on the bikes.
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No rush, but in the future you will likely want to get click-in ("clipless") pedals and shoes.
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Originally Posted by TheBlast82
Thanks 10wheels!

Now I see what you mean... What needs to be parallel to the ground is the very end of the bar, not the bar itself. Thanks a million Lazy I'll get on it.
You'll also want to move the shifters farther down the bars when you adjust the rotation. The standard setup for Shimano shifters is have the top basically flat, and the hood of the shifter follows a continuous profile with the bar top.
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Thank you for the kind words and the advice guys. I adjusted the handlebars, here's what I got...








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Just a thought... maybe the rider (no one in particular) is supposed to pull against the upward drops while leaning over the bars in an all-out sprint?
Try steering the bike with your hands on the drops (not the hooks) while pedaling out of the saddle with them set like that. You'll be all over the place. They need to be horizontal or down some so that your wrists aren't bent down at an unnatural angle.
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Looks good, man.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass
You'll break your wrists trying to ride like that in the drops, and it looks goofy. Your bar ends are angled upwards like 15 degrees.

Adjust the handlebar ends approximately horizontal (0°-5°).

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Right you are. Those bars are way wrong. Need to be angles down considerably as you say.
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I usually have bottom flat of the handlebar pointing to the rear brake. It may vary a bit depending on what bars you have and your personal preference.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass
Try steering the bike with your hands on the drops (not the hooks) while pedaling out of the saddle with them set like that. You'll be all over the place. They need to be horizontal or down some so that your wrists aren't bent down at an unnatural angle.
I never steer with the bars.
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That's a nice looking bike!

When you get pedals, get fitted, and you might want to wait and buy shoes as part of the fitting. I bought my first pair of shoes at REI the week I started riding, and they put me in a pair of 43s, when I should be wearing size 41.5. I was thinking they should fit like my sneakers when I got them, which was totally wrong.
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that's a sweet looking bike man! I am currently shopping around for myself a first time road bike 
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"wally world road bike" how does a "5'7" heightened rider ride/operate a "57cm" bike?
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Wow, what a find and some nice improvements. That's a great looking bike; it will turn heads!
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Originally Posted by cale
I never steer with the bars.
You put your hands on the stem? No hands?
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